CPL 2020, highlights: Rashid Khan guides Tridents to win; Narine stars in Trinbago's victory

Follow the scores, highlights, and commentary of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2020) match between Trinbago Knight Riders and Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Trinbago Knight Riders wins the toss against Guyana Amazon Warriors.   -  Twitter @CPL

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's blog of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2020) match between Trinbago Knight Riders and Guyana Amazon Warriors.

 

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Knight Riders' innings:

TKR 147/6 in 16.4 overs (Raza 0, DJ Bravo 6): Would you believe it? Naveen dismisses Darren Bravo with a slower delivery. Bravo offers the face of the bat as he chips it to the cover fielder. A short slower delivery on the off side and Dwayne Bravo slashes it over to the extra over boundary to seal the win! TKR with a four wicket win to begin CPL 2020.

Five runs needed from six balls. Naveen-ul-Haq with the final over.

TKR 140/5 in 16 overs (DM Bravo 29, DJ Bravo 1): Paul drags it short and wide and Seifert goes chasing. The ball looks to just about clear the infield but King plucks it out of the air with his left hand on the dive. Dwayne Bravo joins his brother out in the middle. Darren carves it over the extra cover boundary for a six to quash Guyana's hopes.

This could still be a tight finish with 14 runs to get from 12 balls.

TKR 131/4 in 15 overs (DM Bravo 22, Seifert 2): Tahir with a big wicket as Pollard fires his shot straight down the throat of the long on fielder. The South African thought he had Bravo caught in the deep as well but the ball just evades the finger tips of Green. Tahir down on all four ans is clutching the grass.

TKR 122/3 in 14 overs (DM Bravo 15, Pollard 10): Six runs from Naveen-ul-Haq's over. Another 23 runs required in 3 overs.

TKR 116/3 in 13 overs (DM Bravo 13, Pollard 9): Pollard was watchful against Tahir before he smacks one way past the long on boundary for a six!

38 to win from 30 balls

TKR 107/3 in 12 overs (DM Bravo 13, Pollard 1): Paul bowls a tidy over but TKR is comfortable in the chase with five overs left.

TKR 101/3 in 11 overs (DM Bravo 9, Pollard 0): Narine chips it down to the long off where King drops him and that allows him to complete his fifty. But Tahir gets his wicket two balls later as Narine finds the deep mid wicket fielder. No long run from Tahir, he takes a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Narine departs for a 28-ball 50. Pollard is the new batsman.

TKR 96/2 in 10 overs (DM Bravo 6, Narine 48): Narine has found his range and how! Moves to the offside and pulls a short ball over the square boundary for a six before clearing his leg and smashing a full delivery over long off for another six.

Shepherd back into the attack.

TKR 81/2 in 9 overs (DM Bravo 5, Narine 35): He is welcomed into the attack with a four and a six straight down the ground and over extra cover by Narine. Required rate down to 8 runs per over now.

Runaway train Imran Tahir is into the attack.

TKR 64/2 in 8 overs (DM Bravo 2, Narine 22): Paul starts of with two wides but follows them up with a good over.

Keemo Paul with the ball.

TKR 58/2 in 7 overs (DM Bravo 1, Narine 19): Munro with a 7-ball 17 cameo here. Slashes a full stop behind square for a four and lifts a short ball off his hip behind him for a six. Shephered digs it in short and Munro checks his shot and ends up spooning a catch to the mid wicket fielder. Darren Bravo is the new batsman.

TKR 45/1 in 6 overs (Munro 7, Narine 18): Doesn't matter if the field restrictions are over, Narine slog sweeps Green to the deep midwicket for a six which just about clears the man. Munro announces himself back to cricket with a slog sweep of his own for a six! Monster hit!  15 runs from the over and that wil help TKR's cause.

TKR 30/1 in 5 overs (Munro 0, Narine 10): Naveen is back and takes pace off the ball and digs it in short. Simmons goes through with his shot early and ends up top edging it to the short fine leg fielder. Narine gets going with a streaky boundary down to third man region. End of the powerplay overs.

TKR 22/0 in 4 overs (Simmons 17, Narine 3): Green looks to squeeze the room by bowling it short and into the body but Simmons goes deep and pulls him over the infield twice for two boundaries. 13 runs from the over.

TKR 9/0 in 3 overs (Simmons 6, Narine 1): Four short balls and Simmons plays and misses on all four occasions. Superb from Shepherd.

Romario Shephered takes over.

TKR 7/0 in 2 overs (Simmons 5, Narine 1): No room allowed for Simmons to get a full swing underneath it. Three runs from the over.

Off-spin at the other end in the form of Chris Green.

TKR 4/0 in 1 over (Simmons 2, Narine 1): An excellent first over from Naveen getting some movement of the pitch. Just four of it.

Sunil Narine and Lendl Simmons will open the batting for TKR. Afghanistan's Naveen-ul-Haq with the new ball for Guyana.

We will be back for the chase in a few minutes.

Amazon Warriors' innings:

GAW 144/5 in 17 overs (Hetmyer 63, Paul 15): Full toss is dispatched to the leg side for a four by Paul. Hetmyer waits for the slower ball and powers it one knee over the mid wicket boundary for a six. 15 runs from the over. Bravo, who has 498 T20 wickets, will have to wait another day to reach the milestone.

GAW 129/5 in 16 overs (Hetmyer 54, Paul 9): TKR pull things back with the last two overs. Ali Khan is back into the attack and bowls it fullin the blockhole and at pace. Just 7 runs given away.

GAW 122/5 in 15 overs (Hetmyer 52, Paul 4): Bravo strikes now! Slower ball and Rutherford looks to muscle it over long on boundary but Colin Munro pouches the catch comfortably. Keemo Paul is in at No. 6.

GAW 117/4 in 14 overs (Hetmyer 51, Rutherford 0): Pooran steps over to the offside and Seales follows him and bowls it full and wide. Pooran could only top edge it in looking to go for the big shot and ends up ballooning a catch to Bravo at the covers. But an expensive over nonetheless as Hetmyer carves one over the deep midwicket boundary for a six to bring up his fifty. Just 38 balls.

GAW 105/3 in 13 overs (Hetmyer 44, Pooran 13): Pooran picks up the slower delivery from Bravo and he smacks him inside out over the long off boundary for a six! Bravo bowls it down the pads and the ball brushes his pads an races behind for a four. 100 up for Warriors. 16 from the over.

GAW 89/3 in 12 overs (Hetmyer 39, Pooran 6): Narine bowls out his 4 overs. He hasn't missed a step since the last time he played cricket back in CPL 2019. He concedes just 19 and picks up key 2 wickets.

GAW 85/3 in 11 overs (Hetmyer 36, Pooran 5): Experienced death bowler Dwayne Bravo is into the attack. Pooran and Hetmyer work him around for singles and twos as they take 8 runs from the over.

GAW 77/3 in 10 overs (Hetmyer 29, Pooran 4): Taylor looks to heave one down to the leg side boundary but misses to have his stumps disturbed. Pooran is in and he reverse sweeps Narine for a four of his first ball.

Brendon McCullum is currently in Trinidad as coach of TKR at CPL which will get over on September 10. Wonder when will he fly over to the UAE to be part of the KKR set up to help with its preparations

There's still Nicholas Pooran to come for the Warriors.

GAW 70/2 in 9 overs (Hetmyer 28, Taylor 31): Costly error from Pollard as Taylor gets a thick outside edge to slip where he is dropped. Fawad's leg spin gets some extra bounce of the surface. Taylor steps over to the offside and drags a full delivery on 8th stump line to the deep midwicket boundary!

GAW 60/2 in 8 overs (Hetmyer 27, Taylor 22): Plenty of pace and bounce on show. He draws a huge outside edge of Taylor with a sharp rising delivery on good length but unfortunately for the youngster the ball races behind for a boundary. He follows that up with one down the leg side and Taylor whips it behind square leg for another six!

Jayden Seales, who was part of West Indies' U-19 World Cup squad earlier this year, is into the attack.

GAW 48/2 in 7 overs (Hetmyer 26, Taylor 11): Fawad had bowled a tight over until the final ball with Hetmyer struggling to find room to get his bat underneath it. But Taylor does and he brings out his trademark sweep to get a good connection on the full delivery and the ball sails over for a six. First six of the 2020 edition.

GAW 37/2 in 6 overs (Hetmyer 22, Taylor 4): Just five runs from Narine's seocnd as Taylor plays and misses yet again of the final ball of the over. Narine takes the ball the other way.

GAW 32/2 in 5 overs (Hetmyer 20, Taylor 1): It's the final powerplay over and Hetmyer looks to cut loose against Fawad Alam. He smashes him straight over his head for a four. At the other end, Taylor struggles to get going against Alam.

GAW 25/2 in 4 overs (Hetmyer 15, Taylor 1): Sunil Narine is introduced into the attack and immediately has success. The ball stops on Hemraj and he ends up spooning a catch back to the bowler. Ross Taylor is the new batsman.

GAW 11/1 in 2 overs (Hetmyer 5, Hemraj 1): Chandrapaul Hemraj is the new batsman. 9 runs of the over as they work a double and a rare three in a T20 match.

GAW 2/1 in 1 over (Hetmyer 0, Hemraj 0): Last season's highest run-scorer Brandon King is dismissed for a 3-ball duck! USA's Ali Khan has King caught by Lendl Simmons.

Simron Hetmyer and Brandon King open the innings for Guyana.

Playing XIs:

Trinbago Knight Riders: K Pollard (capt), S Narine, C Munro, Fawad Ahmed, DM Bravo, DJ Bravo, L Simmons, T Seifert (wk), Sikandar Raza, Jayden Seales, Ali Khan

Guyana Amazon Warriors: C Green (capt), B King, S Hetmyer, C Hemraj, R Taylor, N Pooran (wk) K Paul, S Rutherford, Naveen-ul-Haq, R Shepherd, Imran Tahir

TOSS: Trinbago Knight Riders wins the toss and elects to field

We should have the toss soon.

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UPDATE: The T20 cricket party is set for a 9 pm IST (11.30 pm local time) start with 17-overs a side contest!

Blower being used to dry the pitch at the Brian Lara Stadium. - Twitter @CPL

 

The players are gathered around outside the boundary lines and are having a chat. The latest for the match to start would be 10.41 pm IST (1.11 pm local time) for a five-over game.

UPDATE: We will begin to lose overs from 8.30 pm IST (11 am local time) onwards. Good news is rain has relented for the moment and the covers are off the pitch. Although some covers remain around the pitch.

There will be an inspection of the ground conditions at 8 pm.

Commentator Ian Bishop is hopeful that we will have play today despite rain pouring down in Tarouba.

UPDATE: Toss delayed by rain.

Pravin Tambe could become the first Indian player to play in the CPL today after he was picked by Shah Rukh Khan-owned Trinbago Knight Riders. Tambe, however, will not be able to feature in IPL 2020 as he has been disqualified by the Governing Council for featuring in the T10 League in the UAE in 2018.

As per the BCCI rule, only retired players are allowed to feature in overseas leagues. Tambe had become the oldest cricketer to bag an IPL contract at the age of 48. More on this here.

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Looks like it isn't the brightest of starts for the CPL. Former West Indies cricketer Daren Ganga says there is rain at the Brian Lara Stadium. We will bring you the latest updates as we approach the toss and the scheduled start (7.30 pm IST).

 

The Carribean Premier League (CPL) will be the world's first major T20 league to be held since the Covid-19 pandemic brought international and domestic cricket to a standstill, and will take place in Trinidad & Tobago.

SQUADS

Trinbago Knight Riders: Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Fawad Ahmed, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Khary Pierre, Tim Seifert, Sikandar Raza, Anderson Phillip, Pravin Tambe, Jayden Seales, Amir Jangoo, Tion Webster, Akeal Hosein, Muhammad Ali Khan.

Guyana Amazon Warriors: Imran Tahir, Nicholas Pooran, Brandon King, Ross Taylor, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Green, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Naveen-ul-Haq, Chandrapul Hemraj, Kevin Sinclair, Ashmeade Nedd, Odean Smith, Anthony Bramble, Jasdeeo Singh, Kissoondath Magram.

 

The CPL will be televised live on Star Sports 1 & 1 HD, Star Sports 2 & 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi and 1 Hindi HD.